We’ve written so many articles about how wonderful Fortnite is and about it’s overwhelming popularity, that’s it’s refreshing to write that Fortnite is no longer winning the battle of being the top First Person Shooter, (FPS) game online.
Apex Legends, which is a battle royale-style game from Electronic Arts has smashed all of Fortnite records for downloads and viewership since its release three weeks ago. Many of the FPS streaming games stars have helped to powered that fast rise of Apex. Meanwhile, the esports teams are in a big rush to sign up as many talented players as possible, but some in the industry are warning not to over commit because what goes up, must come down.
Apex Legends is developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. Apex Legends has taken all the main popular aspects of Fortnite and added their own few twists. Fortnite Royale, of course, is a game where a player is dropped onto a battle ground with 100 other players and the battle ground shrinks as the game progesses. The object is to gather food, water, weapons, etc. etc, and kill everyone else. The last man standing wins.
Just like Fortnite and most other FPS games, Apex is free to download and to play.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) raided a complex in Makati, Philippines on February 19, 2019 and arrested 276 foreigners that appeared to be employees of an online gambling establishment; first reported on local news outlet ABS-CBN. The Intelligence Division Chief for the BI, Fortunato Manahan Jr., stated the raid was “for verification of their travel documents and immigration status.”.
Reportedly, BI had received an anonymous tip that many of the casino’s employees were illegal foreigners. It is not clear how anyone would have known that, unless maybe the tip was from the ‘inside’ of the company. As it turns out, most were undocumented and they were not able to present any proof of their immigration status. BI Chief Mananan said that it is possible that these individuals simply did not bring their passports to work with them, or that their passports have been lost.
BI Chief Mananan also stated that identification and immigration status verification is ongoing and that in the meantime, the foreigners are being held at the BI’s Warden Facility in Taguig City. The scale of this arrest signals that 2019 could be a recored year in this crime catagory. The number of foreigners that were arrested in 2018 was just 533 for the entire year.
World of Tanks is a PvP (player versus player) and MMO (massively multiplayer online game) developed by Wargaming. The title gives away the game play, but the historical accuracy in the game is amazing. It’s all about the armoured combat vehicles of WW2 and you will see tanks from various countries, such as:
- and the Soviet Union
You will not only see them, you will test them yourself by driving them and operating their heavy guns in the game’s combat sessions. Although World of Tanks is PvP, you will belong to a squad of tanks or other armoured combat vehicles and you will need to work as a team in other to have any advantage in the vicious tank battles.
As of December 2013, the game has 75 million registered players worldwide and a 1.1 million peak concurrent players!
World of Tanks is so much fun that it’s been spun off to several variations including:
- the Xbox 360 named: World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition,
- there is also a PlayStation 4 version,
- Mobile users have World of Tanks Blitz,
- a board game titled World of Tanks Rush,
- a collectable card game titled World of Tanks: Generals.
UK lawmakers have tightened up the age verification process that online gambling providers must follow in order to better identify
- underage gamblers,
- detect criminal activity,
- and identify ‘self-excluded’ customers.
The new rule, in part reads:
“Licensees must obtain and verify information in order to establish the identity of a customer before that customer is permitted to gamble. Information must include, but is not restricted to, the customer’s name, address and date of birth. A request made by a customer to withdraw funds from their account must not result in a requirement for additional information to be supplied as a condition of withdrawal if the licensee could have reasonably requested that information earlier. This requirement does not prevent a licensee from seeking information on the customer which they must obtain at that time due to any other legal obligation.”
The main difference to the new players is that currently they can deposit funds and place bets during the age verification process which can take up to 72 hours; under the new rule this changes. The gambling provider will now have to verify the age before accepting a deposit and even before allowing the new player to have access to “free-to-play versions of gambling games” on their websites.
The changes apply to all remote betting and gaming operators, as well as lotteries. They will take effect from 7 May, 2019
Europeans are getting a big break: up to 70% off on selected multiplayer games!
Here’s a partial list:
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker,
- Diablo III,
- Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection,
- Pocket Rumble,
- Super Meat Boy, Windjammers,
- FIFA 19
The discounts will run until February 21, 2019.
Nintendo Switch, aka: the Switch, is a video game console developed by Nintendo and was released on March 3, 2017. Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company headquartered in Kyoto. Nintendo is said to be one of the world’s largest video game companies and has created some of the best-known and top-selling video game franchises, such as
- The Legend of Zelda,
- and Pokémon.
Nintendo Co. Ltd. was founded on 23 September 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it originally produced handmade playing cards. By 1963, the company had started several small businesses, such as:
- a TV network,
- a food company,
- cab services
- and love hotels,
but those never really took off. In the 1970s Nintendo hit the jackpot: video games! This market and Nintendos ingenuity led the company to become one of the biggest in the industry with earnings of over $85 billion in 2007.